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Miura Launches ICL-601 Driving Irons in North America

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Looking for a long-iron replacement that’s easier to hit than the MG Collection CB-2008, CB-1008, and MB-5005 irons? Meet Miura’s new MG ICL-601 driving iron, which will be available later this fall in North America.

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The ICL-601 has a multi-material, hollow-cavity construction that helps it launch shots higher and faster than the company’s MB and CB models. The bodies of the driving irons are made of SUS304 stainless steel, and they’re welded to a 455 carpenter steel faces — the same material that’s used to craft the hot faces of Miura’s Neo Genesis PP-9005 irons.

“The inner cavity design is not new for Miura,” says Hoyt McGarity, President of Miura Golf. “It was first introduced with the hugely popular IC-2003. Modern technological advances have allowed us to improve on the original design. This is accomplished by integrating a 455 Carpenter Steel face (as found in our PP-9005 G) and the use of the variable weighting system found in the Hayate woods.”

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The ICL-601s also include a weight-port in the sole of the club head that allows club fitters to fine-tune swing weight for different lengths, and to help golfers blend the driving irons with their standard iron sets. The driving irons have a satin chrome finish, along with a thick top line that hides the wider sole from a golfer’s view at address.

“The ICL gives Miura traditionalists the opportunity to add technology to their game, while maintaining the quality and feel of a Miura forged club,” says Jason Rutkoski, Miura Golf vice president. “The ICL is a remarkable new product that will benefit golfers from all demographics, by seamlessly fitting their existing set or adding a club to fit that one shot/hole per round.”

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Golfers can purchase the ICL-601 driving irons in three different lofts: 18 (2-iron), 20 (3-iron), and 23 degrees (4-iron). They will be available through Miura’s network of custom fitters for $369 each.

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  1. uglande

    Nov 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Looks atrocious. Anyone needing that much offset should go straight to the fairway wood aisle. And what’s with the ridiculous marketing message on the club head? Miura puts so much care into the materials they use, and they are known for their relatively simple designs. Why wreck it with all of this cluttering text? It makes the club look cheap and homemade.

  2. Miuralovechild

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I’ll be needing to try this.

  3. Sloop

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I tried this bad boy out and it felt how I hoped the TMB would. It’s going to eat at me until I get one. One thing I am going to look at is if it can be bent. I’d like to get a 20 and bend it a degree or two weak and lose a little offset.

  4. Dat

    Sep 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    “The structure of inner cavity” um, that doesn’t sound right.

  5. toyzrx

    Sep 26, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Miura isn’t the same any longer. Logos are getting bigger on heads though. I liked their stuff when they used to do OEM for big companies.

  6. Daniel

    Sep 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Its not even forged?

  7. The dude

    Sep 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Eeeww

  8. 2putttom

    Sep 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    awww the mizzy boyz have showed up

  9. Vanilla Gorilla

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I’d have expected prettier from Miura, sticking with MP-H5’s for the upper end of my bag.

    • Vanilla Gorilla

      Sep 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Appears to have some things in common with:

      [img}http://wpmediars.golfwrx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/104ccac8c0929ecb6779127f4fccc694.jpg[/img]

  10. Golf Engineer

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    “The bodies of the driving irons are made of SUS304 stainless steel, and they’re welded to a 455 carpenter steel faces — the same material that’s used to craft the hot faces of Miura’s Neo Genesis PP-9005 irons.”
    Okay, the body is cast stainless steel and the face is also steel. No forged components.
    Now here from the quoted article for the PP-9005 iron set we have:
    “The Genesis PP-9005 irons ….. (are) comprised of two pieces; the back is forged out of S20C and the faces are 455 carpenter steel.”
    So the backs and hosel are forged while the faceplate is carpenter steel not forged to the best of my knowledge.
    Muira is up front with the metallurgy of their iron club heads in contrast to TM P790 co-forged heads where the faceplate is forged and body is cast steel but labelled as fully forged.

  11. L

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I bet you it feels better than the PXG

  12. Ken

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Hideous. The new Mizuno driving iron is 100x better looking

    • MrWolf

      Sep 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      This. It really is hideous. The early signs following Miura’s takeover are not good.

  13. Swingman/Jerry

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    That is ugly for a Miura – too much offset, too thick topline, the sole is fine for a hybrid type driving iron.

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WRX Spotted: New TaylorMade P790 UDI

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It’s Open Championship week and that means course conditions are the talk of the town. Firm, fast, and windy conditions are expected on the links of Portrush, so we will be seeing a lot of players using driving irons that they might not otherwise play with week to week on the PGA Tour.

Not only are driving irons a hot item for players, but for OEMs launching new and prototype versions including TaylorMade, which has a new P790 UDI in some bags including Mr. Tiger Woods (credit to Rob Brooks on Instagram for the spot).

Like with many clubs just being seeded to tour, we don’t have official comment from the team at TaylorMade…but, like many times before, we have a couple of ideas based off the cosmetics of what might be in store if and when this thing comes to retail.

Some history: It’s been a while since TaylorMade introduced a new UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron) to its lineup.  There was the GAPR Low, which was very UDI “like” but the UDI as a whole never had an adjustable hosel. (There were Tour Issue versions of the GAPR Lo that had a fixed hosel and no adjustability)

The original (2017) P790 UDI

The “just-spotted 2020 (?)” version

The most recent UDI was the original P-790, but this new version has some distinct differences

  • Thinner sole. Based off the pictures, this new P-790 UDI has a thinner sole with more camber to help improve turf interaction. More camber and well-utilized bounce make any club more playable in varying conditions.
  • Shorter blade length. There is no such thing as computer screen calipers but from what we can tell when comparing side by side the new version is shorter. A shorter blade length means a CG closer to the hosel and more workability.
  • Higher toe. Just like the shorter blade length, a higher toe is often more appealing to more players (better players are generally the target for these types of clubs) and what that also “potentially” does is raise the CG. A higher CG will produce lower launching shots BUT with more spin (workability). To counter act the potential extra spin loft adjustments can be made pretty easily, since loft is one of the biggest factors in creating spin.

The one thing that is harder to compared is whats going on inside of this UDI (obviously). There is a screw in the toe, so it can be assumed that there is some sort of foam or material that helps support the face and improve the acoustics of this face thin-faced iron.

Just like we wait for the first group off early Thursday morning at Portrush, we’re just going to have to wait to see what’s really going on this new UDI too.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tiger Woods with a new Scotty Cameron at The Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from No Gimmes who was quick to spot Tiger Woods preparing for this week’s Open Championship with a new Scotty putter. Woods has also been seen warming up for this week’s event at Royal Portrush with his old faithful on the greens, but our members have been discussing the thinking behind the 15-time-major champion’s potential change, as well as the putter itself.

*Photos from Golf Central’s ‘Live From The Open’ coverage

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • TheMoneyShot: “I’m really surprised he is making the switch. Let’s see if it’s in the bag come Thursday.”
  • Hedgehog: “That topline and the alignment aid and all the smooth lines, gorgeous!”
  • MuniPukeLife: “Makes sense as his trusty NP2 is super light by today’s putter standards.”

Entire Thread: “Tiger Woods with a new Scotty Cameron at The Open”

 

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Mizuno T20 wedges: Let’s get spinning

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Spin.

We’re always trying to reduce it with our driver and increase it with our wedges for maximum control, but with the rules of golf being so strict, how do actually achieve a performance gain? Simple engineering…

This is the Mizuno T20 wedge.

It’s been a few years since we have seen a T (teardrop) wedge from our friends at Mizuno, and there is good reason.

Let’ get into a quick history lesson: before the JPX900 series was introduced, Mizuno had quietly been realigning the product cycles of the MP and JPX lines. You might remember back a few years ago now before the MP18s hit the scene that there was a bit of a lull in the MP line—so much, in fact, there was even a thread here on GolfWRX asking “Is Mizuno not making MP irons anymore?”

It was a naturally curious question to a company that always had very standardized release cycles, but it was a long-term play that has paid off tremendously. We now get “T” wedges with MP irons (MP20s to be exact), and we should (from everything I know) continue to see “S” Silhouette (more rounded profile) wedges with future JPX lines.

Before we get to what’s new, how about we first talk about what will be staying the same

  • Grain Flow Forged HD – like all new Mizuno irons, the T20s are made using the same forging process to increase the density of the material in the clubhead for an improved solid feel.
  • Boron – this little element when added to the 1025e mild carbon steel used in the wedges (we’re talking trace amounts equating to 3ppm – parts per million) increases the strength of the material by 30 percent—how crazy is that for chemistry? This improves groove life and has ZERO effect on club feel.
  • Variable Width & Depth Quad Cut Grooves – Like previous T and S wedges, the T20s will have quad cut grooves that will vary in shape based on the loft of the club. Lower lofted wedges are more narrow and deeper, while higher lofted wedges are wider and more shallow since impact happens at lower speeds this increases spin consistency.
  • Same beautiful Teardrop profile from address

So what’s new?

Flow. Just like the MP20s, engineers are bringing more a more extreme CG (center of gravity) shifting philosophy, or as Mizuno explains it, increased vertical moment of inertia to the wedges. As much as you (well maybe not “you,” depending on who you are) might think “a wedge is just a wedge” and loft is the only deciding factor for spin, you couldn’t be further from the truth. By relocating the CG throughout the set and changing the sweet spot height, engineers can further alter the launch and spin precisely for each loft.

It’s about gear effect—the higher you hit above the CG the less spin the ball with have, and the closer to or lower you make impact compared to the CG the more spin you will create. Either way these are wedges, so a 50 degree, for example, is still going to spin, but it is now more controllable (think less likely to ballon or get too high on full shots). On the other side of the equation, a 60-degree wedge will allow for even MORE trajectory and spin control for the low flying quick checkers with zip.

Now about that spin.

By the Rules of Golf, you can’t make grooves sharper, you can’t increase their volume, and you can only have so much surface roughness (sorry but that old Spin Doctor wedge is HIGHLY NON-conforming). So what do you do? You change the way you think about that surface roughness…

Hydroflow Micro Grooves

Instead of traditional laser etching parallel to the grooves, Mizuno engineers took a concept from the high-performance tire world and went perpendicular to the grooves and parallel to the direction the ball moves up the face to channel moisture away. This directional tread has proven to increase spin on shots especially in conditions with moisture up to 1,200 RPM (on a 60-yard shot), that’s a very tangible number. It’s not just about spin either: the more the friction that can be created also means more control on launch angle and less of a “floating” ball flight. That’s how those low zippers keep zippin’!

Don’t think for a second that Mizuno just changed the etching and was done with it. The process went through multiple iterations to figure out how they could improve its life (beyond the boron) and the solution was to etch before the chroming process to elongate the lifespan. The other groovy take for the T20s is the actual reconfiguration of the grooves. To get the bottom groove closer to the leading edge without having it disorient the overall look of the club and making it appear that the heel or toe is thinner on one side. The lowest groove has been shortened and centered.

All of these refinements; CG, micro-grooves, and reconfigured scoring lines add up to one thing: more control and improved shotmaking with your wedges.

Finishes, specs, and grinds

The wishes of many have been answered when it comes to the T20s, there will be a RAW finish (happy dance time) along with traditional chrome and the signature blue ion. Leftys will only be able to get chrome, but all the same options will be available as far as lofts and grinds.

Coming in lofts from 46-60 degrees, the grind options progress depending on the loft and bounce. Going from full-soled in the lower lofts to more aggressive back edge, and heel-toe relief in the 60 degree. These sole shapes came directly from Mizuno’s craftsman that worked with players and prototypes to determine exactly how the bounce and sole shapes should work in harmony.

All of this has come together to create Mizuno’s finest wedge to date.

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